This lake is the largest reservoir (4,000 acres) in Ireland and is only 19 miles from Dublin. It has 50 miles of shoreline with many inlets and bays which offer the angler excellent coarse and pike fishing. The lake is controlled and managed by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and a permit for all types of fishing is required. The lake is open for coarse & pike angling all year round except for the month of October. Fishing with white maggots only is allowed. There is a total catch and release policy for pike and all coarse fish on this water.
Roach is the dominant species in the lake with some perch also available. The best areas are at the Rowing Course below Blessington Bridge, Russelstown, Burgage Bridge and at the overflow on the Dublin side of the lake. In recent years, some roach catches over 100lbs have been recorded. Swimfeeder tactics work all year round and the waggler fishing is best in the summer months. Pole fishing can occasionally be productive during the warmer months from the deeper pegs.
In Blessington permits can be obtained from:
- Charles Camping (Tel: 045 – 865351).
Permits are available from the following Dublin outlets:
- Southside Angling,
- Tallaght Angling & Shooting Centre.
Boat permits are available from the E.S.B. Fisheries Conservation, Hydro Group, Ardnacrusha, Limerick (Tel: 061 – 345588).
The no. 65 bus from Eden Quay in the City Centre stops at Blessington with a limited number of bushes going on to Ballymore Eustace (check with Dublin Bus for more details). Otherwise the most accessible way to get around the shores of the lake is by car. There are numerous car parking and picnic areas.
Blessington Lake Boat Hire
Coarse Angling Clubs
Dublin & District Angling Club: Secretary: Mr. D. McNiece, 1 Brompton Lawn, Castleknock, Dublin 15. Tel: 821 0834.
National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland: Chairman: Dave Egan, 264 Castletown, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Tel: 624 2968.
Dublin Pike Anglers: Rory McAllorum, 51 St. Jarlath Road, Cabra East, Dublin 7. Tel: 838 9026.
Inchicore & District: Secretary: Brian Devlin, 116 Benmadigan Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12.
Tel: 455 0745.
Clondalkin Pike Anglers: Secretary: Mick Fitzpatrick, 220A Belgard Heights, Dublin 24.